East Texas man accused of killing toddler, involved in Dallas shooting

DALLAS, TX (KTRE) - Dallas police say a man sought over the killing of his girlfriend's infant son in Tyler has fled after being shot at by an officer.

Dallas police early Thursday said a man believed to be 26-year-old Simon Lopez had been located at a hotel. Police trying to serve the capital murder warrant had their guns drawn late Wednesday as they approached a room.

Police say the suspect suddenly appeared and grabbed an officer's gun. The officer fired his weapon and the suspect ran away. No officers were hurt. Police are not sure whether the fleeing suspect was wounded.

Tyler police say Lopez is sought over the November death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old son, Jeremy Silva.

Sergeant Warren Mitchell with the Dallas Police Department said the officer's gun was drawn when he approached the room.  Lopez charged and grabbed the gun.  "They struggled over the weapon and the weapon discharged," Mitchell said.

Thursday marks a month since Baby Jeremy was killed.  His autopsy report shows he died from a torn atrium in his heart caused by blunt force trauma.  Some of Lopez's East Texas relatives said they want Lopez arrested, they're seeking justice for Jeremy.  They also said Lopez may have been staying in Dallas with his sister, a fact that Tyler police confirmed in a previous interview.

The search for Lopez continued Thursday night.

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